UTAH JAZZ

Clarkson, Sexton Help Jazz To Halftime Lead Over Suns

Nov 26, 2022, 8:11 PM | Updated: 8:34 pm
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Collin Sexton #2 of the Utah Jazz reacts after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of NBA game at Footprint Center on November 26, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton combined for 23 first half points to help the Jazz take a lead into the halftime break of Utah’s game against the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns hosted the Jazz at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, November 26.

During the opening quarter of action, Clarkson scored seven of his team-high 12 first half points. In the final 12 minutes of the half, Sexton scored eight straight points to lead the Jazz into the break with a three-point advantage.

At the break, Clarkson had 12 points on 5-9 field goals, one rebound, and one assist in 16 minutes. Sexton added 11 points on 4-6 shooting, one rebound, three assists, and a steal in 14 minutes on the hardwood.

At halftime, the Jazz had a 54-51 lead.

This season, the Missouri product is averaging 19.3 points per contest on 43.7 percent shooting, including 35.9 percent from beyond the arc. Sexton averaged 13.1 points per game on 46.8 percent shooting.

Utah’s game against Phoenix is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and KSL Sports Zone.

Jazz vs. Suns

After falling to the Warriors on November 25, the Jazz have no time to lick their wounds as they jump back on a plane and head to face the Suns in Phoenix.

The Jazz have lost six of eight, sandwiching a two-game win streak last week with three-game losing streaks including the one their on heading into Phoenix.

Coincidentally, one of the Jazz’s two wins came against the Suns a week ago Friday in a 134-133 thriller.

Lauri Markkanen scored a career-high 38 points on a mega-efficient 15-18 shooting, including several huge baskets late in the fourth quarter.

Devin Booker scored 49 points and nearly recorded a triple-double dishing out 10 assists and grabbing eight rebounds in the loss.

Chris Paul missed the game due to a heel injury and has yet to retake the floor for Phoenix.

The future Hall of Famer has missed eight consecutive games for the Suns who are 5-3 in his absence after a 108-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

Paul is averaging 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 9.4 assists, and 1.7 steals per contest in 10 outings with the Suns this season.

Mike Conley will miss his fourth straight game after straining his knee a week ago against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Suns are 12-6 on the season, and 10-1 at home after knocking off the Pistons and own the best record in the West.

The Jazz meanwhile sit at 12-9 and fell to 6-7 on the road with Friday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors.

There is positive news on the horizon for the Jazz, however. After facing the Suns they return home where they will play eight of their next nine games in Utah.

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